Call for Proposals – IEMS Research Grants 2019


[Update]  See here for the results. 


The HKUST Institute for Emerging Market Studies (HKUST IEMS) is happy to announce the new around of IEMS Research Grants and invite research proposals for 2019. 

HKUST faculty and research staff are welcome to submit application for research grants. The maximum grant amount for an individual project is HK$125,000 and the maximum for a project involving multiple Principal Investigators (PI) is HK$150,000 per PI.

Priority will be given to collaborative research projects and proposals that are oriented around the following themes:

  1. Human capital, employment, and structural change
  2. Innovation and entrepreneurship
  3. Global economic integration
  4. Financial development 
  5. Strategies, firms, and markets
  6. Behavioral studies
  7. Belt and Road Initiative

IEMS also particularly welcomes proposals that contribute to ongoing the Institute’s research initiatives such as digital economy.

Projects can have more than one Principal Investigator (PIs) and may also include Co-Investigators (Co-Is). Only HKUST faculty can serve as PIs. Detailed terms and conditions of the Grants can be found in the Guidelines (Microsoft Word Doc). To apply, please prepare a proposal that includes a completed grant proposal form  (Microsoft Word Doc) and no more than 3 pages of text per HKUST Principal Investigator (not including references, single-spaced, 12-point font) that discusses the relevance of the project to challenges facing emerging markets specifically, the research methodology, and justifications for the budget. All application materials should be sent to by 23:59 on Tuesday, 23 April, 2019. Funding decisions will be announced in May 2019. The IEMS Research Grants Guidelines shall always prevail in case of any discrepancy between the Call-for-Proposals or on message on the website.

For enquiries, please contact Joey Chu at 3469 2215 or

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